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by Shlomo and the Lip Factory

an all-vocal suite of human beats, lyrics and lush harmonies, performed by a 7-piece beatbox group
Genre: Electronic: Electronica
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Album Notes
Internationally acclaimed human beatboxer and World Loopstation Champion Shlomo presents his latest vocal project Shlomo and the Lip Factory, an all-vocal band of 7 brilliant beatboxers and singers. Be warned: it is like nothing you have seen before: incredible, inspirational and totally absorbing.

A Guinness World Record holder, Shlomo gave up astrophysics to perform his amazing vocal pyrotechnics. It was a good move. Since then he has won global acclaim and worked with some of the biggest names in music including Bjork, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Martha Wainwright, Imogen Heap, The Specials, DJ Yoda and even comedians the Mighty Boosh. In the process he has consistently pushed the boundaries of beatboxing, bringing the art form to new and unexpected audiences through such diverse collaborations.

Shlomo launches the new project after a dizzying festival season: introducing Pulp, Chase and Status and Cee Lo Green at Glastonbury, collaborating with upcoming pop wonder Ed Sheeran, and performing his unique one man show Mouthtronica for four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Raised on a strict childhood diet of orchestral percussion and jazz drums, Shlomo instinctively began making vocal music as a small child. He first found critical acclaim as a beatboxer aged 18 when he began touring with the award winning multinational hip hop group Foreign Beggars, and was named the “Harry Potter of beatboxing” by BBC Radio 1’s Tim Westwood. This was designed as a compliment, we think – either way it wasn’t long until Shlomo was collaborating with Icelandic pop queen Bjork on her all vocal album Medulla in 2004.

Shlomo’s performance on BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland was seen by Emily Eavis who invited him to host a 2-hour collaborative extravaganza at Glastonbury Festival. Shlomo was joined by a host of star names, including Martha Wainwright, Ed Harcourt, Portico Quartet, Reverend and the Makers, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and Martina Topley Bird in a memorable and moving performance.

Further large-scale festival shows at the Big Chill, WOMAD, Latitude, Montreux Jazz Festival and Bestival have gained Shlomo a reputation as a strong festival favourite, and he was offered a residency at London’s most prestigious arts venue the Southbank Centre. As artist-in-residence, he curates the concert series Music Through Unconventional Means and in 2010 performed the world’s first Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra.

In 2011 Shlomo represented the UK at the World Loopstation Championships in LA where he defeated finalists from 12 other countries. Shlomo’s fascinating live performance technique utilizes a loop pedal to sample his voice on the fly, enabling him to create and rework a huge range of original songs and well loved classics. His looping performances, including a live performance from Glastonbury on BBC2 and an appearance on BBC1 with Jonathan Ross have gained him praise from Bill Bailey, Phil Jupitus and Lauren Laverne, and his videos on YouTube have received millions of views.

After his triumph in LA, Shlomo returned to tour the UK with his one-man theatre show Mouthtronica, which featured an improvised collaboration with a different guest each night, including artists as diverse as legendary percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and Cinematic Orchestra singer Heidi Vogel. He released a charity album compiling all the collaborations from the tour and performed on Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 and ITV’s Daybreak to promote the project, raising badly needed funds for international aid charity MSF.

Shlomo and the Lip Factory is Shlomo’s latest project – a tight group of talented young vocalists, both beatboxers and jazz singers, who come together to create something bigger than the sum of their parts. Performing an inspiring mixture of soulful improvisations, intricately orchestrated compositions, and all-vocal renditions of classic tunes by everyone from Stevie Wonder to Paul Simon and the Prodigy, Shlomo and the Lip Factory are a force to be reckoned with. Don’t miss them.

“The kid’s good. Jaw-droppingly good.” The Guardian

“Master of the fine art of beatboxing” The Independent

“He’s like a one-man Hollywood action film soundtrack” The Times

“Slick theatrics and Soulful vocal gymnastics” Evening Standard

“A fascinating contrast between his extraordinary willowy, soft-edged charm and his dangerously energised performing” The Telegraph

“The Prince of Fringe Beatboxers” Edinburgh Festival Magazine

The Lip Factory are:
Greg Beardsell
Harriet Syndercombe Court
Triple B aka Billy Benjamin Boothroyd
Claudia Georgette
Janna Yngwe

All tracks written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Shlomo
Artwork Design by One Sugar Please
Special thanks to: Irit; Dan, Chris and Sue at Get Involved LTD; The Joint

© Shlomo 2013 All Rights Reserved.



Just another phone call
Another rainy day
One more lonely person
Fails to find their way
You don't know where you're going
And you don't know what to do
But your bubbly sense of humour
Aint gonna save you

So just download your soul on an answering machine
100 characters or less and yes it’s free
got 15 cats
And Your flat’s got rats
on an answering machine

She said I’m lonely, lonely lonely
No-one ever phones me phones me phone me
I can’t take the pain anymore but I’m calling again Misery seeks company
Oh I’m just so lonely, lonely lonely
You don’t even know me know me know me
You don’t wanna know what I’m saying cos you know what I mean When you gonna Set my soul free?
When you gonna Set my soul free?

Let’s See
I don’t like to go out
Much safer staying in
But I'd like to meet a tall and dark and handsome
To be my special friend
Cuddly blonde from Guildford
41 no kids
Please come be my saviour
Before I just end it

So just download your soul on an answering machine
100 characters or less and yes it’s free
age 41
still living with my mum
and she has more fun than me

[trumpet solo]

Gave up the chase of the answering machine
Walking in the park saw him grinnin' up at me
Found a new friend
to be with me til the end
and he's good enough for me

Oh I was so lonely lonely lonely
No-one ever phones me phones me phone me
I can’t take the pain anymore but I’m calling again
Misery seeks company
Oh I was so lonely, lonely lonely
You don’t even know me know me know me
You don’t wanna know what I’m saying cos you know what I mean
When you gonna Set my soul free?


Roll up
It's time to slide away
Swing yourself around a bit
Celebrate the sound of it
Roll up
Be your self today

Join us
To see what's going on
running reckless screaming out
laugh around the roundabout

Time's up
Be yourself today
Running to get home

And if you're not sure I will hold your hand
If you're not sure I will hold your hand
I'll hold your hand

Round and round we go

Hold up
She's here to kiss your graze
At first you wanted not to go
Now I cannot get you home
Hold up
Be yourself today 

Hands up
Take a picture on my phone
 ignorance is really bliss
feeling smelling hearing this
Roll up
Will we forget today...
some day?

If you're not sure I'll hold your hand
If you're not sure I'll hold your hand
I'll hold your hand

Round and round we go
Keep movin on

Just roll up
Roll up
Be yourself today
It's what you need.


Let's get down let your feet go
Coming up, just lose control
Warm rush music
Feel free lose it
See the light


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